November 9, 2015
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Legislative Review now available online; print version will be in your mailbox shortly



The longest legislative session in history is in the books, and AWB has its own take on what worked for employers -- and what will cause new challenges -- during the 2015 session of the Legislature.

The annual AWB Legislative Review has already started hitting mailboxes, and a complete copy is available to read online.

AWB's Government Affairs team details all the bills that could affect employers and the state's business climate. For each bill, they look at what happened and whether it was a favorable outcome for Washington businesses or a missed opportunity.

Our popular Vote Record is back with a score for every member of the Legislature based on how they voted on the most important bills.

Look for your copy of the Legislative Review in the mail or read it online today.

And with the start of the 2016 legislative session only two months away, it might also be a good idea to mark your calendars now for the next AWB Legislative Summit, to be held Jan. 19 in Olympia.




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Children Need Options

Parent Perspective: Making A Non-Political Case For Charter Schools

By Linda Sikora

I know there are funding issues and administration issues and legislative issues and union issues... all the "yeah buts" that people stake their positions on so vehemently. Here's my "yeah but" -- I wish we could channel that passion differently, I wish the "opposed" people could have the experience I had today... to see a child's eyes light up and watch her confidence emerge. It was one of those soft, seminal moments in my life. In that moment, I knew this child's life, her trajectory, could completely change. Sometimes, the biggest changes start small -- one child at a time, one school at a time. We can figure this out, people.

Please don't close these schools.

Click here to read the full blog post via the Washington State Charter School Association
Reauthorize Ex-Im Bank

Businesses Languishing Without Ex-Im Bank; Congress, Reauthorize It

By The Seattle Times editorial Board

Hilliard's Beer is gaining popularity in Sweden, where the Seattle-based brewery planned to expand sales this year. It has also received interest from distributors in Toronto and London.

Those opportunities are now on hold since Congress failed to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank last summer.

Elected leaders must end the ideological battle over Ex-Im and revive this vital tool for U.S. companies to grow exports overseas.

Hilliard's Beer is one of hundreds of exporters that used Ex-Im to secure loan guarantees and credit insurance for international sales. The shutdown has resulted in more than $9 billion worth of deals lost, said U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.

A lot more is at stake -- last year the bank completed $27.4 billion in transactions and supported 164,000 U.S. jobs.

Click here to read the full editorial in The Seattle Times
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